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22 Sep 2018

Out for an afternoon stroll we realised that the air was 'full' of Para-gliders, mostly circling high in thermals to gain height but generally moving in the direction WSW to ENE. There must have been at least 20 different craft over the 25 minutes we watched them until they seemed to have finished their passage.
This Para-glider got the closest to us, arriving quite low, circling many times to gain height, but failing to rise. A few minutes later he gave up the unequal struggle with gravity, and landed out of sight over the horizon to our south.


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A fun montage of some of the 200 images we got. Para-gliders go in for some interesting colours and designs. The 'wing' is actually two sheets of material with openings along the front edge to inflate the wing into an aerodynamic shape. If the top and bottom are different patterns or colours, light through the fabrics can change the appearance as they change direction.
We were expecting to find aircraft G-xxxx numbers on the canopies as seen on hang-gliders, but there are none. The explanation is that ...
"A self-administering organisation is responsible for administering operational and airworthiness standards and for issuing pilot certificates."
Parachutes (as emergency equipment) don't require registration, and Para-gliders are sort of similar. We notice that Para-glider pilots sport an emergency parachute on their backs! Very sensible.


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21 Sep 2018

Late summer sees the arrival of what has in recent years become the annual appearance of a few Stock Doves.


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The feather down and 'naked' beak tell us that this is a juvenile stock Dove teetering inexpertly on the edge of the bird table. We know of several Pigeon nests around our site and now assume one of them raised this youngster.


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We keep scaring away Partridges as we walk about outside our patch. Here inside our patch one of the Red-legged variety steps through the photo sense beam right at the right edge of the photographic frame.


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20 Sep 2018

We wouldn't want to be in the focus of those eyes!


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Wouldn't it be interesting to experience the smell of this stone the way a fox does?


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19 Sep 2018

An early morning Robin 'drops in' next to a juvenile Tree Sparrow that doesn't seem particularly concerned - it may not know that some Robin are 'bully boys'.


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Chaffinches have bred well this year, so there are lots of opportunities for 'pecking order' disputes.


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18 Sep 2018

A lovely male Roe Deer displaying his characteristic antlers - strangely 'crusty' at the base and with only 2 (as here) or 3 points.


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4 days later, and 100 metres away, we see this female Roe Deer delicately stepping through the windfall apples.


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This female Reeve's Muntjac Deer (a much smaller deer than the Roe) patters over the grass verge of the Farm Road, unusually unbothered by our presence.


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17 Sep 2018

This plant is 'Cat's-ear' flowering in the crop margin. Only when we looked at the pic on the screen did we spot the 7-spot Ladybird left and down from the centre. The bright yellow splashes of colour against the dark is how it really looks.


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16 Sep 2018

This pristine Badger is becoming a real regular at the feeding sites and in the trail cams. Will be watching for him digging out a bolt-hole or home.


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Over one night this pristine badger trundles around head down. The main attraction is the fall of apples from dehydration and a recent high winds.


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15 Sep 2018

One of the local foxes searches the still parched ground for some unfortunate food item. They are omnivores so will most likely enjoy the strawberry as well.


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Two Foxes spent a minute or two companionably together at the end of the orchard.


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Exactly 6 days later (to the minute!) this is possibly the same fox 'couple' we showed you as a montage above.


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14 Sep 2018

This year has seen the numbers of this pretty little Common Blue Butterfly rise from an occasional one at a time to several in the hedge at once.


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Wild flowers have been flowering well and supporting large numbers and variety of Butterflies.


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Wild flowers have been flowering well and supporting large numbers and variety of Butterflies.


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13 Sep 2018

An unusual sighting for us is this 22 spot Ladybird walking over the sharp spines of the thistle leaf with zero concern. Despite its outlandish appearance this is a wholly British species rather than a Harlequin variant.


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On a cable lock was this less than 1 cm long Shieldbug identified with the image. It will grow by shedding its carapace to become a handsome, if small, creature.


Ref: D72_20180721_1318_005 Sloe Bug (Dolycoris baccarum) early instar larva body length 8mm on gate cable lock.jpg

12 Sep 2018

At the woodland site foxes appearing over 3 nights.
On the left is after rain and looks to be a different individual.


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Visits by what looks like the same pristine Badger on two successive nights. The last visit has the top of the muzzle stained red. We suspect beetroot juice!


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11 Sep 2018

A pair of Collared Doves literally 'billing and Cooing' in a sweet moment.


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Double Trouble
Two Grey squirrels feeding quietly together can make more trouble than one.


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10 Sep 2018

Two different visits, one where by luck we caught a take-off, so couldn't resist this accurate montage of events 2.5 hours apart.


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Among several visits to this Post in the same night, all landing with amazingly similar positions, on this occasion the Tawny Owl stayed for a few minutes before flying down to take a photo at the right edge of the 'meadow' site.


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We got no right side of the bird making a full scale portrait a bit awkward, but this 'head and shoulders' works nicely. You can clearly see the flesh-ripping beak.
Whole left side of bird is available if wanted


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09 Sep 2018

By the edge of the main pond a female Blackbird basks in the sun, presumably to top up her vitamin D, though she wouldn't know it, with beak open panting to keep cool!


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A male Blackbird with the classic yellow beak


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At exactly the same scale we find this female Blackbird obviously collecting food for what we assume is a second brood.


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08 Sep 2018

As the day draws to an end the Fox's day-time pin-prick pupils begin to expand. At this intermediate the shape is a slightly disconcerting vertical oval.


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This Fox's irises not quite fully open even at 3 a.m. Possibly there is a bright moon lighting this open site.


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An hour before midnight it is here truly dark and the iris has just about disappeared to let in as much light as possible to the Fox's eyes.


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07 Sep 2018

GUILTY - a mug shot montage of the chief knocker-over of things!
(Actually taken 2 days apart, they may not even be the same individual)


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A Badger following his nose around the plot!


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06 Sep 2018

Here a Red Kite seems oblivious to us, staring at the ground and then making a quiet turn to continue the hunt. 1 second of flight here.


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A Red Kite glides quietly by.
In this and the following montages we are particular lucky that the speed of flight and camera frame rate produces close spaced images.


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A second and a half of action as this Red Kite flies by and then banks towards us.


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A Red kit spreading the primary feathers for lift without the effort of flapping the wings.


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05 Sep 2018

Lifting the Corrugated iron sheet exposed the Grass Snake near the centre, and another at one end (no photo). Note how the tail loops around and then follows the body backwards.


Ref: DF3_20180714_0834_041 Grass snake (smaller of 2) warming under corrugated iron (crop).jpg

04 Sep 2018

Darter Dragonflies do like to perch on items low over the water. Here a Ruddy Darter Dragonfly hunts and patrols from a turned-over Iris leaf.


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Hover-fly, Peacock Butterfly, and a Soldier Beetle all caught by chance in the same frame.


Ref: DF3_20180714_1120_067 Peacock butterfly feeding on Thistle flower as Hover-fly is about to land and Solder beetle to right.jpg

03 Sep 2018

At the hedge site we catch this relaxed interaction between two Foxes.
(Not a montage)


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A few minutes later presumably the same pair appeared about 80m away wandering over the mound.


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This Fox seems to be following a scent trail - although the nose is close to the ground the movement blur on the legs indicate that it is moving swiftly to the left.


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02 Sep 2018

The margins of the Oil-seed Rape crop have an unusually varied selection of weeds this year. Here is some Groundsel showing heads from flowers to seeds.


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Each year our meadow area has a few clumps of the poisonous (to some livestock) Ragwort. This year we have yet to see any on our patch, but found this solitary clump flowering in the edge of the Oil-seed Rape crop 100m from where we ever see ours. It disappeared into the harvester.


Ref: DF3_20180708_0913_036 Ragwort plant flowering at edge of Oil-seed rape crop (with incidental dock heads).jpg

01 Sep 2018

Following months of occasional sightings on trail cams, here over one night at the Woodland site we have a Polecat on the hunt, we think moving a kit in her mouth, and then carrying 2 dead rabbits back into her burrow. Here are the event and time stamps:-
TL10 July 22:32First sighting
TR10 July 22:34Probably carrying a kit to a new burrow (see separate detail image).
ML11 July 03:58Different camera with 2 young rabbits 20m away - possibly the prey.
MR11 July 05:20First Rabbit being dragged.
BL11 July 05:27Second Rabbit 7 minutes later.
BR11 July 05:39Final clear sighting (last actual image 2 minutes later)
We have all the original images available on request.


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Detail from the top right image of what we think is a Polecat Kit in the mouth.


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